Nepal: Maoists form embryonic parallel government
By Stephen Mauldin at Sep 04, 2009
The Unified CPN (Maoist) has formed 18 departments resembling the ministries of the government.
A meeting of the party’s Joint National People’s Movement Committee on Sunday formed the departments. Many of the departments are coordinated by party leaders who were ministers in related ministries in the Maoist-led government.
Dr Baburam Bhattarai, who was the finance minister in the previous government, is the coordinator of the Planning and Finance Department.
Likewise, Giriraj Mani Pokhrel, the former health minister coordinates the health department and former tourism minister Hisila Yami coordinates the tourism, physical infrastructure and science department.
Along with the central departments, the Maoists have also decided to form local bodies.
Maoist leaders say, the departments and the local bodies will not function as a parallel government yet, but can be converted to one if such situation comes.
“It will not be parallel as of now, but the people can form their own local bodies if need be,” said Lokendra Bista, coordinator of the newly formed agriculture and cooperatives department.